by Thomas Pasatieri
January 30 and
February 1(matinee), 2015
Opera preview lecture 45 minutes
Film noir meets opera. Atmospheric and enigmatic, Frau Margot is the opera that Hitchcock would have wanted to direct. In Amsterdam of 1938, the widow of a famous composer is reluctant to allow another composer to complete her late husband’s unfinished opera until she has conducted a séance to ask his permission. Trust no one. American composer Thomas Pasatieri returns to opera after scoring many Hollywood films. Frau Margot is "a score of a voluptuous splendor that suggests Klimt’s gilded paintings set to music… it has all the markings of a masterpiece" (Wes Blomster, operatoday.com).
Sung in the original English with English surtitles
- Complete recording accessible only from UH computers
- Musical Samples on Amazon
- Biography of the composer, Thomas Pasatieri
- Biography of the librettist, Frank Corsaro
- You Tube feature on the operas of Pasatieri with emphasis on Frau Margot.
- Review of the premiere from Opera Today
- Preview article in The New York Times
- Article about the premiere in the Toronto Star